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In the past week how have you used your ipod touch in the classroom and or for administration uses?

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I have used the calender as an organizational tool. As a portable email device. Used the timetable app to have personal TT on hand at all times.
The ability to be able to check email on the go is fantastic. As well I have my calender synched between my iPhone and entourage so it allows me to add a new contact or event on my iPhone and adds it to entourage at the same time. Alarms are great as well for reminders throughout the day.
Hi Adam,
could you send some information about this as I have a teacher colleague who is struggling with exactly this issue...

thanks,
Annie




Adam Currey said:
The ability to be able to check email on the go is fantastic. As well I have my calender synched between my iPhone and entourage so it allows me to add a new contact or event on my iPhone and adds it to entourage at the same time. Alarms are great as well for reminders throughout the day.
I have been using my iphone for a rnage of things including:
Calendar
Email
Safari
Quick Office (great for editing excel/word docs)
RSS Reader - keeps me update on what is happening on different people's blogs etc
Taking photos for presentations / using the app animoto
and finally:
Checking the footy scores!
I have used the calendar, calculator, safari, downloaded music for dance lessons and a used a Shakespeare app with students.
Timetable and attendance. Can't see these devices as useful learning aids in a full classroom with one unit. Even an additional 4 units (when they arrive) are limited in their application in this setting. We are planning to test them with our one on one withdrawal students. But to be honest, while I see the ipod as a supercharged PDA with useful apps, I am as yet unconvinced as to their real worth in the classroom....at least without major investment by the school. On a side note, I suspect the lack of activity on the Ning may represent similar feelings elswhere....

Can you give me real suggestions?
Hi Alan
Thanks for the information. I think we need to be reminded that this is a pilot project and the contexts that all schools are working in are very different. Further all schools are at very different points in their implementation plans as well! A few weeks ago we held out first video conference catch up which was great and contribted further to our understanding of how these devices could be used in a classroom setting. As for the ning this too is another trial of a new technology - lets be honest we are all busy people and perhaps this ning is just another thing that we need to be doing! However we need to provide a workplace for teachers in this project and other interested people to discuss ideas and share what they have discovered. We believed that a ning would be a great tool which perhaps would overcome issues of distance and time.

Adam and I are planning in week 8 to come and spend some more time with staff in the Murrumburrah/Harden area if you would some extra support please get in contact. Happy to help.

Alan Ronayne said:
Timetable and attendance. Can't see these devices as useful learning aids in a full classroom with one unit. Even an additional 4 units (when they arrive) are limited in their application in this setting. We are planning to test them with our one on one withdrawal students. But to be honest, while I see the ipod as a supercharged PDA with useful apps, I am as yet unconvinced as to their real worth in the classroom....at least without major investment by the school. On a side note, I suspect the lack of activity on the Ning may represent similar feelings elswhere....

Can you give me real suggestions?

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